Questions and Answers
Will my personal information be shared with anyone?
Be assured that our adoption staff will treat you with respect and sensitivity as they help you develop
a plan of action that addresses your immediate and future needs. Any personal information that is
shared with us is strictly confidential. Our agency will require that you complete and return information
release forms before personal identifying information can be shared with adoption professionals not
employed by our agency or with prospective adoptive parents or community resources.
What if I decide that adoption may be the right choice for me?
After exploring all options, if you decide that you may want to choose adoption for your unborn
child, our professional staff will provide you with information about families who are approved
to become adoptive parents. Families United Network works with many loving families who
wish to adopt a child. These families undergo a strict and thorough approval process in order to
be eligible to adopt. The process includes extensive background, financial, mental health, and other
required assessments and documentation to ensure that the child will be placed with a stable
Available families also undergo a thorough self-exploration process to help determine what types of
children would be a good match for their family. Many families are open to providing a forever family
to a baby of any race or who may have special needs. This process is completed to ensure that the
baby is provided with a family that is the best possible match to meet his or her specific needs.
What if I change my mind?
Our social workers are available throughout the
pregnancy to assist you in making sure that you are
making the right choice for yourself and your baby.
You will not sign any legal paperwork until after the
birth of your baby. You make the decision to give
your baby up for adoption or not, and can decide
which family will adopt the baby, if you choose.
Is there other support available to me?
Many women experiencing an
unplanned pregnancy may not
have the financial or medical
resources to ensure that they
and their baby receive the
care that they need. We can
help connect you to resources.
What contact can I have with the family and my baby?
The type of contact that you have with a prospective
adoptive family before birth depends on what you
and the adoptive family find comfortable. Our
agency encourages birth mothers and families to
talk, if that is what both parties want. This provides
the birth mother with a sense of security and allows
the adoptive parents to learn more about the baby’s
family history, if both parties are in agreement.
There are two types of adoptions, open and closed.
A “closed adoption” refers to an adoption placement
where minimal or no confidential information is
shared between parties prior to the birth of the child
and none after the baby is placed with the family.
“Open Adoption” is a broad term that can have
many meanings to many different people. To some
adoptive families, open adoption may mean sharing
photos and letters. Another recognized form of open
adoption simply refers to the sharing of letters and
photos at important times (birthdays, holidays,
etc). Whether the adoption is open or closed will be
different with each case.
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